All Time Set: John Woody

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Current
Rank
2
Set
Complete
100%
Set
Rating
10.392
GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
10.392
Retired Rank
4/25/2011
2
Set
Complete
100%
Set
Rating
10.392
GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
10.392
This set is of historical significance, as it includes color "in the ballpark" pictures, taken in the 40's, of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and others. I believe that, for most of these players, this is their first color "in the ballpark" photograph! Certainly, most "Vintage" collectors consider this set to be scarce...and Mint, or Gem Mint, examples to be very scarce. I know that you can go months without seeing these on eBay...and you can go many months, or years, without seeing one offered that is PSA-graded as Mint, or Gem Mint! I think this is one of the most interesting issues...ever! Beautiful color photos, with real ballpark backgrounds...in 1949!! Hey...compare the quality of these pictures with Bowman or Leaf!! Any color photos, of major leaguers, with actual ballpark backgrounds, prior to 1950, are scarce! Until I saw this set, I don't believe that I had ever seen a color "ballpark" photo, taken in the 40's, of any of these players (except, of course, Ernie Bonham & Hank Bowory, both of whom were included in the 1944 New York Yankees Stamps Set). Also, some of the poses are great. Check out Carl Furillo (#36), Hal Jeffcoat (#58), and Bob Ramazzotti (#67). Also, look at the condition of the field on Gene Mauch's rookie issue (#63), and Danny Murtaugh's "rookie" (#168)!! Lots of players first "issues", and some "only" issues, are in this set. Many of the sheets, of stamps, were marred by double rows of perforations...resulting in many off-center examples. Mint, and Gem Mint, centered examples are quite scarce. If you have any information on the company the produced these stamps (The Sportstamp Company in Philadelphia), or Bill Dooley (the sportswriter that wrote the biographies in the album), or just want to talk "cards", feel free to e-mail me. Maybe we can help each other!
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